An R&B artist-to-watch changes direction.

L.A.-based singer Mila J (the older sister of Jhené Aiko) is expected to follow last year’s M.I.L.A. with a proper debut album this summer. To hold over fans until then, she’s teamed with fellow Angelenos BC Kingdom for the Press Start EP.

Unlike the radio-ready sounds of M.I.L.A., Press Start favors the woozy R&B of something like Jeremih and Shlomo’s No More EP. Still, this isn’t just smoke session background music: the video game-sampling ‘Play’ has a four-on-the-floor heart, and tracks produced by P. Morris (‘Ninja’) and Her Records’ Cyphr (‘I Used To Love You’) are propulsive in their own ways.

“This has been a fun and liberating experience. I was able to tap into a deeper / darker side of myself that I’ve been wanting the world to see and hear,” Mila tells i-D. “BC Kingdom understood where I wanted to go sonically and the chemistry with them was undeniable. We blended so well with one another. Expect more from this musical marriage.”

Stream the EP in full below. Earlier this year, Mila J appeared on our list of R&B artists to watch in 2015.



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